Besides founding 10,000 Birds, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.
The results are tempting researchers to suspect that in other animals, including ourselves, red's aggressive and intimidating character might also be hard-wired into brains from birth.
It used to be the preserve of royalty and the rich, but falconry is suddenly, well, taking off.
Now, a staggering 25,000 people engage in this all-consuming pastime – with even inner-city kids trading in their pit bulls for peregrines.
The Blackhawks are named for an indigenous tribe, the Red Wings for a tire with red wings, and the Flyers for what looks like a flying letter P (very intimidating.) Major League Baseball also has three teams named for birds (Blue Jays, Orioles, and Cardinals) but loses style points to the NHL for the lack of additional bird-like names. Only the Hawks bear the name of a bird in this league.
One could be forgiven for thinking that the Raptors were named for a bird, but their logo clearly screams predatory dinosaur rather than bird of prey.
From being virtually a dead sport, falconry has risen from the ashes to resonate with a new and unlikely band of followers.To find out whether these traits were learned or inborn, Pryke examined competition between young Gouldian finches — whose heads, yet to blossom into coloured adulthood, are all dull grey.She first raised finches that were genetically destined to be red-headed with black-headed parents, raised others that were genetically destined to be black-headed with red-headed parents, and left still other finches to be raised by parents of the same colour group.The sport that comes closest to that level of avian respect is the National Hockey League.Three NHL teams have bird names (Penguins, Thrashers, and, gasp, Mighty Ducks) and three sound like they are named for birds but really aren’t. sports, the worst in terms of naming franchises after birds is indisputably the National Basketball Association.